Espinho Travel Guide

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Espinho Things to Do

  • Beach

    This one of the most popular beaches in the north of Portugal. Well, the beach is wide, the sand is smooth, the services seem well organized, but... I came from the south, which means... better beaches. Not impressed, I must say!

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  • Casino

    I think that Espinho has two things to offer - a Casino, and a beach. I don't gamble, I don't swim in frozen waters, what else should I see in Espinho? A third option - dancing... and I did!

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  • Rural look

    As you walk inland, the cosmopolitan look is disappearing, and rural images mix with densely built areas. Here and there, a funny and interesting detail, may deserve your attention.

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  • Free pool

    With a rough sea, in 1942 someone bult a pool by the sea. Hit and a few times damaged by the sea, it was acquired in 1960 by the municipality, and protected against the waves. Today it safe, it is free, using sea water, though opening only during summer.

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  • Church

    Built in 1930 to replace the old church destroyed by the sea, this Neo-romanic church is dominated by the bell tower, and has inside a big multicolored sculpture in wood.

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  • Roundabouts

    The "easy money" pouring from Brussels to local authorities, gave place to a ferocious competition, building and decorating roundabouts. The winner, in quantity is Viseu (with, it seems, more than 500 roundabouts) but concerning decorations it is hard to decide - the diversity is immense, and all depends from the personal taste. Espinho preferred...

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Espinho Tourist Traps

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    Sea

    by solopes Updated Jan 10, 2015

    I was not too convinced by the sea...

    I was there in the summer, with lots of people, lining a rough and "forbidden" sea. It happens everywhere, but merging danger with cold water its not my idea of beach.
    Sorry folks, I love the North but not its sea.

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Espinho Off The Beaten Path

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    Anta

    by solopes Updated Jan 10, 2015

    The growth of the city "swallowed" some villages around it.

    Anta is one of them, at walking distance, already part of the city, but still with some rural sights here and there.

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Espinho Sports & Outdoors

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    Pavilion

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

    A large and very functional pavilion is located a couple of kilometers from the city centre. I don't know it the city has activity enough to justify it, but it was perfect for the dancing competition that took me there.

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    Tradition

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

    Favorite thing: Espinho was, in the middle of last century, a very important beach, with an architecture that denounced it as a destination to rich northern families that built their large houses. Progress allowed those families to go further seeking for better beaches, and those traditional houses are being replaced by apartment buildings, more suitable for short and cheaper occupation.
    Some of the old mansions are still present, but... till when?

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